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MS tornado death toll rises

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - The number of deaths from a tornado that struck Mississippi on Saturday continues to rise.

Governor Haley Barbour says the tornado caused, quote "utter obliteration" in parts of rural Mississippi.

The twister roared across west Mississippi and killed two people in Yazoo County. WLOX has just learned that seven people were killed in Choctaw County and two more in Weir, Mississippi. That brings the death toll to 11 people so far in our state.

The Fire Chief in Yazoo County says the twister was at least a half a mile wide and destroyed 20 to 30 buildings, trapping people inside.

Roofs have been torn off buildings and downed power lines are blocking roads.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation officials reports that several highways across Yazoo and Holmes Counties received major damage.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is sending two dozen deputies and 100 inmates to assist with the response in Yazoo County and clear debris.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency sent out a county by county damage assessment as of 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Atalla: Damage to homes with numerous trees and power lines down.

Choctaw: Homes, trees and power lines down.

Desoto: Damage to some buildings, trees and power lines down.

Holmes: Trees down.

Jasper: Homes damaged and trees down.

Lamar: Some damage to structures.

Lauderdale: Church damaged trees and power lines down.

Monroe: Damages reported.

Simpson: Trees and power lines down.

Union: Homes damaged trees and power lines down.

Warren: Homes damaged and roads closed due to downed trees and power lines.

Yazoo: Homes and businesses damaged, widespread damage to trees and downed power lines.

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